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i got the results back from my blood test. the dr tells me i'm not anemic, but looking at the lab print out it seems to me that my counts are on the low side. though i'm not sure which things are just diluted right now because of increased blood volume. and are these ranges specific for pregnant women? (i am pregnant)<br><br>
my red cell count is 3.78 (range 3.8 to 5.1)<br>
hemoglobin 11.8 (range 11.7-15.5)<br>
hematocrit 35.2 (range 35-45%)<br>
ferritin 35 (range 10-154)<br><br>
theres a whole bunch of other stuff on here that i don't know what is. the only thing that is out of range is lymphocytes at 18 (range 20-45%)<br><br>
anyone know what these things mean? even if i'm not anemic at the moment, am i headed that way?
 

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I only know what the hemoglobin means, and I would say that since you are pregnant, you are on your way to anemia if you don't work on getting enough iron and b vitamins. I dropped to a 10.9 in my last trimester and had started out as a 13. How long till you are due?
 

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You may not be technically 'anaemic' yet - but like pp said, you're pretty much there. (I work in emerg med - we do lab work/testing on tons of people)<br><br>
Those test results closely mirror my own - and I feel like crap. I've been supplementing, doing better with my nutrition, and pretty sure I'm going to start some B vitamin injections.
 

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There are dangers to too much iron supplementation in pregnancy. If you were in my practice I would not increase your iron supplementation with those numbers. You are at the point in pregnancy when you are expected to be the most anemic -- you will probably get a slight improvement just from your body settling in to its new, expanded blood volume.<br><br>
The baby is making a lot of demands on your body now, though. Make sure you are eating well and enough. If you want to eat more iron-rich foods you should have seafood, red meat, kale, and other dark, leafy greens.
 

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Your ferritin is your iron stores. That will drop before you become anemic (i.e. you will get low iron stores as it's used up to compensate before you actually become anemic). Your iron stores look decent to me. So I don't see you as headed to anemia but I admit I don't know how pregnancy works with this stuff.<br><br>
Kale/leafy greens aren't good iron sources because they contain minerals (and in many cases also other things) that inhibit absorption. Red meat is a good source. If you want to raise levels I'd use ferrous bis-glycinate (ferrochel is the brand name) only. Solgar gentle iron is that form. I don't know that you need to supplement but if you do use that form--it's absorbed 3 x's better than typical supplements and doesn't have the side effects/risks of other supplements.
 

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This is about the time when I start paying attention to eating more iron rich and B rich foods and probably taking herbal iron here and there. I'm always lower than that when I give birth but I haven't had any ill effects.
 

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Both my DO and my main HCP recommended I supplement iron when my ferritin was higher than yours--I had fatigue too, and we weren't sure how much this may be factoring in in addition to other things we knew about and were working on.
 

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right now i eat red meat 3-5x a week, i take liver 'pills' each morning, and for the past month i've been taking <a href="http://www.iherb.com/Mega-Food-DailyFoods-Blood-Builder-90-Tablets/3995?at=1" target="_blank">this</a>. I am fatigued, but it's off and on. Things like too much sugar or drinking coffee seem to set it off. And of course, with 2 little ones I'm busy and rarely get to nap. I'm currently 6 months pregnant.<br><br>
I've never had my iron tested this late in pregnancy before, so I can't compare. My first pregnancy I did end up anemic, found out after the birth, and it took months to get my energy back up. The second time, I was proactive and took floradix the last 3 months of my pregnancy and felt so much better. Floradix is so expensive though, and money is tight. so i've been trying the megafoods blood builder instead.
 
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